C-DEBI Newsletter – November 1, 2018
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Publications & Press

Energy Procedia
Geological storage of CO2 in sub-seafloor basalt: the CarbonSAFE pre-feasibility study offshore Washington State and British Columbia - NEW!
David Goldberg, Lara Aston, Alain Bonneville, Inci Demirkanli, Curtis Evans, Andrew T. Fisher*, Helena Garcia, Michael Gerrard, Martin Heesemann, Ken Hnottavange-Telleen, Emily Hsu, Cristina Malinverno, Kathryn Moran, Ah-Hyung Alissa Park, Martin Scherwath, Angela Slagle, Martin Stute, Tess Weathers, Romany Webb, Mark White, Signe White
*C-DEBI Contribution 443

The CarbonSAFE Cascadia project team is conducting a pre-feasibility study to evaluate technical and nontechnical aspects of collecting and storing 50 MMT of CO2 in a safe, ocean basalt reservoir offshore from Washington State and British Columbia. Sub-seafloor basalts are very common on Earth and enable CO2 mineralization as a long-term storage mechanism, permanently sequestering the carbon in solid rock form. Our project goals include the evaluation of this reservoir as an industrial-scale CO2 storage complex, developing potential source/transport scenarios, conducting laboratory and modeling studies to determine the potential capacity of the reservoir, and completing an assessment of economic, regulatory and project management risks. Potential scenarios include sources and transport options in the USA and in Canada. The overall project network consists of a coordination team of researchers from collaborating academic institutions, subcontractors, and external participants. Lessons learned from this study at the Cascadia Basin location may be transferrable elsewhere around the globe.

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DCO: Subsurface Life in the Atlantis Massif: Just Add Water? - NEW!
Researchers aboard IODP Expedition 357 collected cores from across the Atlantis Massif, a mountain of mantle material uplifted to the seafloor near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. They are using these samples to investigate the link between the geochemical and microbiological processes occurring in the massif. Featuring C-DEBI researcher Beth Orcutt.

Newsweek: Mysterious 'Microbial Dark Matter Dominates Our Planet" - NEW!
Nearly every environment on Earth is dominated by “microbial dark matter,” according to researchers from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Scientists use this term to describe all of the microbes that have never been grown in a lab culture, either because of a lack of knowledge or an inability to produce the right conditions. Their existence poses a problem, because to learn about microbes and their role in the environment, you need to be able to culture them. “Calling uncultured microbes “dark matter” borrows from astronomical dark matter, since both have been found to be ubiquitous, yet neither have been adequately characterized,” Karen Lloyd of UTK’s Department of Microbiology told Newsweek.


Meetings & Activities

C-DEBI: Networked Speaker Series #21 now online! - NEW!
Missed the latest Networked Speaker Series Seminar with Dr. Rosa León Zayas (Willamette University) on "Description of the microbial community composition and metabolic potential of a depth profile in the Tonga Trench from 400m in the water column to 2m below the seafloor?" Watch in on YouTube.

IODP-USSSP: Submit an IODP Workshop Proposal
The submission deadline is December 1, 2018.

AGU: 2018 Fall Meeting Deep Biosphere-related Sessions of Interest - NEW!
Attending the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting in Washington D.C., December 10-14, 2018? Be sure to check out these C-DEBI-related sessions of interest:

See also the Deep Carbon Observatory’s AGU Fall Meeting Guide. Missing a session of interest? Let us know!

Ongoing Activities:


Proposal Calls

NSF: Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology (PRFB)
Full proposal deadline date: November 6, 2018.

NSF: Opportunities for Promoting Understanding through Synthesis (OPUS) - NEW!
The OPUS program seeks to provide opportunities for mid- to later-career investigators to develop new understanding of science in the fields supported by the Division of Environmental Biology (DEB) through two tracks of synthesis activities. 1) OPUS: Mid-Career Synthesis: This track provides an opportunity for a mid-career researcher, defined as a candidate at the associate professor rank (or equivalent) to enable a new synthesis of their ongoing research. Synthesis is achieved by developing new research capabilities through collaboration with a mentor to enable new understanding of their research system and questions of interest. This track aims to provide mid-career scientists with new capabilities to enhance their productivity, improve their retention as scientists, and ensure a diverse scientific workforce that remains engaged in active research (including more women and minorities at high academic ranks). 2) OPUS: Core Research Synthesis: This track provides an opportunity for an individual or a group of investigators to revisit and synthesize a significant body of their prior research in a way that will enable new understanding of their research system and questions of interest. This track would also be appropriate early enough in a career to produce unique, integrated insight useful both to the scientific community and to the development of the investigator’s future career. Full proposal deadlines: November 19, 2018 and August 5, 2019.

IODP: Apply to Sail on IODP Expedition 389
The deadline to apply is November 23, 2018.

NSF: Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)
GRIP applications are due December 4, 2018.

IODP-USSSP: Apply for a Schlanger Ocean Drilling Fellowship
The submission deadline is December 7, 2018.

NOPP: FY2019 Broad Agency Announcement
Proposal deadlines of December 21, 2018 and January 18. 2019.

NSF: Understanding the Rules of Life (URoL): Epigenetics
Full proposal deadline: February 1, 2019.

Rolling Calls:




Nature Research: Associate/Senior Editors - Nature Reviews Earth & Environment
Closing Date: November 8, 2018

U Georgia: Computational & Experimental Marine Microbiome Researcher - NEW!
We seek to recruit a computational and experimental marine microbiome researcher to complement research strengths at UGA in bioinformatics and marine sciences. Possible areas of research include ocean productivity, global carbon and nutrient cycling, diseases of aquatic organisms, or intersections with public health. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending on credentials and accomplishments. This is an interdisciplinary position, with the appointment being split between the Department of Marine Sciences and the Institute of Bioinformatics. A strong record of innovation and ability to develop and apply new computational tools (simulations, flux analyses, data integration and visualization, among others) and microbial ecology approaches to marine microbiome research is preferred. Teaching responsibilities will be in undergraduate and graduate programs and include both bioinformatics and marine science microbiome components. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Bigelow: Senior Research Scientist
For full consideration, the application should be received by November 30, 2018.

ASU: 2019 Exploration Fellowship in Earth and Space Science
Initial review of complete applications will begin on December 1, 2018.

Yale: Bateman Postdoctoral Fellowship - NEW!
The Department of Geology and Geophysics at Yale University ( announces an annual competition for a Bateman Postdoctoral Fellowship. We welcome applicants with research interests across the full range of disciplines within the Earth and Planetary Sciences, including studies of geophysics and planetary physics, tectonics, oceans, atmosphere, climate dynamics, geochemistry, paleoclimatology, and the evolution of life. The Postdoctoral Associate position is awarded for two years, providing a stipend ($60,000/yr) and base research funds ($5,000/yr), plus health care benefits and limited expenses for relocation. Applicants should contact a sponsor in the Department to identify potential research projects, and then submit a short (2-3 page) statement of research interests and proposed research, a curriculum vita with a full list of publications, an endorsement letter from the sponsoring faculty member, and three confidential letters of reference. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 15, 2018, and successful candidates are expected to begin their program at Yale between July 1 and December 31, 2019.

WHOI: Tenure Track Staff Scientist- Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry
Review of applications will begin on December 17, 2018.

TAMU: Instructional Assistant Professor - NEW!
The Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University seeks an Instructional Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track) to lead efforts in the development and execution of online courses in an Ocean Data Science track being developed for the online Masters of Geosciences (MGSc) degree program. The candidate is expected to transform and deliver courses on Ocean Observing Systems, Physical Oceanography, and Ocean Data Methods in a distance education environment. The successful candidate will work closely with the College of Geosciences Distance Learning Team, Department of Oceanography faculty and associated content experts to develop online course content material. The Department of Oceanography is part of an alliance of Ocean Sciences at Texas A&M that spans the Marine Biology and Marine Sciences Departments at TAMU Galveston, the Geochemical and Environmental Research Group, the International Ocean Discovery Program, and Texas Sea Grant. Review of applications will begin immediately and the advertisement will remain open until the position is filled. The desired start date is February 1, 2019. The full-time position carries 9 months of salary with possibility of additional 3-month summer salary depending on availability of funds and the success of online courses.

BMSIS: Postdoctoral Scholar Position Available in Evolutionary and Isotopic Enzymology

BIOS: Postdoctoral Scholarship in Oceanography

U South Florida: Two Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Chemical and Geological Oceanography

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Matthew Janicak
Data Manager
Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI)
University of Southern California
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